Live In Hope, 2015

Banner3333333threehearts2Happy New Year to all who stop by SimplyLiving101!  May you live in HOPE in the New Year of 2015!

Blinkin Squiggle

“…I saw the LORD always in my presence;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;
Moreover my flesh also

will

Hope
Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.”
Acts 2:25-28

Blinkin Squiggle

Thank you for stopping by, I pray you will return to visit many times during 2015.  I would love to hear from you as you browse through my blog.  Please let me know you were here.

I recently wrote a new Bible study called “December Love” which I wrote with you in mind and although December has come and gone, this Bible study is good for any day of the year.  You can download it for free just for you in the right side bar —–>

I will begin my Bible Read Thru 2015 with Keith Ferrin in 15 minutes on January 1, 2015.  If you are interested in doing the same, just sign in at BRT2015 and join me and many others in reading through the Bible Chronologically for the next four months! This is going to be a great way to start the New Year of 2015 and I highly recommend that you do it!

threehearts2

threehearts2

Blessings for a Very Happy New Year!

Constance

A Short December Bible Study

Banner3333333

threehearts2

I cannot believe it is December 14th and I have already written five full pages for my new short Bible study, “December Love”!  I am loving writing these studies and I pray that you are enjoying them as well.  They are written with you in mind, a gift just for you – Merry Christmas!  You can find them in the right side bar ——>

 

DecLoveCover

Blinkin Squiggle

If you are just visiting for the first time, I greet you with the Sweet Love of Jesus and hope that you will take time to look around and check out both of my Bible studies.  My first completed study is called “November Thankfulness”, and even though November has come and gone, a Bible study on thankfulness is good for any day of the year, so give it a try.  Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment, I would love to hear from you. 🙂  You can find my Bible studies free just for you in the right side bar ——–>

Merry Christmas!

Constance

Christmas – A Time To Shine!

Banner3333333

threehearts2

Christmas is only 15 days away! Can you believe it? I love this time of year when all our family comes together and we get to see those who have gone off to college or who have been working crazy hours.

During Christmas we want to declare our excitement for the Birth of our Savior, so we put up twinkling lights along our driveway fence and we cover some of our bushes with nets of tiny white twinkling lights, and add bigger lights to a not-so-tall evergreen out front.  Beautiful! We will get our Christmas tree, and decorate it with beautiful lights and colored decorative Christmas balls, and draw names and then begin to place colorfully wrapped Christmas gifts under the tree.

The mailman has been delivering Christmas cards almost daily now and we hang them on a long thick red sparkly Christmas ribbon so we can see all the pretty faces of our friends and family and pray blessings for them.

We make our Christmas cards and get them ready for my oldest son to return next week, then all I’ll have to do is take a picture of him with the whole family, get copies made and put the last touches on the cards and off they’ll go. How fun!

AllTheseThings

I’ve been gathering stocking stuffers here and there and will put those up early next week.

All of these things help to make our hearts and our home shine.  You could probably add some of your own wonderful traditions to this list and it would all be absolutely gorgeous!

One of my favorite things to do is go for a drive the night before Christmas and listen to the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth on the radio.  We will see all the beautifully lit up houses, and then drive back home, down our own driveway with the twinkling lights and the Christmas tree in the window. What a wonderful time of the year to be joyful in our Lord!

As beautiful and fun as all the lights and decorations are, when I sat down to read the story and scripture reading for Advent today from “Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader”, I could quickly see that God spoke of another kind of “Shine” through Isaiah when he said:

Blinkin Squiggle

“Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion,
bearer of good news,
Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem,
bearer of good news;

Lift it up, do not fear.
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
Isaiah 40:9

threehearts2

“Arise, shine; for your Light has come,
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.”
Isaiah 60:1

Blinkin Squiggle

I want to get up on a high mountain and lift up my voice to bear the Good News of Jesus Christ – Shout it to the world!  I don’t want to be silent and not even say, “Merry Christmas”, due to fear.  I want to say to everyone, “Here is your God!”.  I want to SHINE for Jesus just like all the twinkling lights we have put out, and even brighter because He has come and His glory has risen upon us!

I would love to hear of your Christmas traditions and all your beautiful ways to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  How do you shine for Him?  Are you ever afraid to say “Merry Christmas”?

I have made SimplyLiving101 just for you.  I pray that you find it to be a great encouragement to cherish the things of God above all else.  Don’t forget to check out my Bible study “December Love” written free just for you in the right side bar ——->

Merry Christmas!

Constance

First Day of “December Love”!

Banner3333333

threehearts2

I’m so excited to have published Day #10 (the first day of study) of “December Love” just for you!  “December Love” can be found in the right side bar ——–>
You can check it out now – but don’t start until  tomorrow 🙂

DecLoveCover

Blinkin Squiggle

Keep in mind that this Bible study will be only 15 days longs since December is such a busy month for a lot of us.
Sometimes adding one more thing, can make our time of celebrating Jesus’ Beautiful Birth, a time of overwhelming misery – and we don’t want that to happen.
However, since the Word of God should come first no matter how many things we have to do,
here it is just for you!
Merry Christmas!

Constance

“December Love” Has Begun!!

It has begun!!  My “December Love” has finally begun and I honestly cannot believe it!!
It was taking me F O R E V E R to come up with an illustration and then I couldn’t figure out where I wanted to start the Bible study, but now after much sweat and tears, it’s beginning to emerge and I’m so excited!

You can see the meager beginnings on it’s own page above.

__________________________________________________________________________________

DecLoveCover
__________________________________________________________________________________

Well, that’s all I had to say – I just wanted to give you some hope 🙂

Blinkin Squiggle

I pray this finds you happy and truly enjoying this time of year that we celebrate Jesus’ Birth.

Tonight is the second Sunday of Advent and we are waiting for our oldest daughter to get off work so we can all celebrate together. I’m especially looking forward to the fourth Sunday of Advent because my oldest son will be home from college!

Blessings to you and your families!

Constance

UPDATE:  “December Love” and “November Thankfulness” can be found in the right side bar ——–> free just for you!

 

55 To Save A Life

The New Bible Study, “December Love” Can Be Found In The Right Side Bar ——>

Banner3333333

threehearts2

Isaiah 55 is one of my most favorite chapters in the Bible.  As a matter of fact, my husband and I named our third child after his favorite book, Matthew, and my favorite book, Isaiah.  There are so many wonderful verses in this chapter and many of them I have memorized – maybe even the whole chapter.  They come to mind all the time, in almost every situation.

Tonight I was thinking of a friend who is not a Christian.  It’s her decision.  She has listened patiently to what Jesus has done for her.  But she has gently told me that she simply does not believe like I do.  She said she does not know where she will go when she dies, and she chooses to not believe the Words of God in this matter.

I am not an evangelist, as some would say, but I am a praying person!  Since her birthday is this month, she has been on my mind a lot and Isaiah 55:6-9 seemed like a perfect birthday prayer to pray for her.

Blinkin Squiggle

“Seek the LORD while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

Return

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Blinkin Squiggle

Do you have friends and family that you need to continue praying for?  I hope this passage in the Word of God will encourage you to keep on and not cease praying.  I have so many people in my life that I thought would NEVER come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, that now call Him Lord.

In my life there were many who thought I WOULD NEVER know Him.  After 30 years of walking in my own dark place, there were many who thought it could never happen.  But here I am praising my Lord Jesus and sharing His precious Words with you.  Thank you so much for stopping by, I would love to hear from you!

Happy Praying!

Constance

If you are looking for “November Thankfulness”, you can find it free for you in the right side bar ——>

A New Bible Study!

Banner3333333

threehearts2

I’m so excited today as I work on my newest Bible Study called “December Love”.  It will not be a whole month’s study like “November Thankfulness” was, but it will still be a thorough study that will be perfect for the busi-ness of the holidays.  Both can be downloaded for free just for you in the right side bar ——->

Many of you have expressed your interest in my next study, so please take time to pray for me, as God guides me in the perfect watercolor illustrations to go along with “December Love”.  I’m so excited to be able to write another study for you!

threehearts2

Thank you for taking the time to request and study “November Thankfulness”.  You can’t even know how much your encouragement means to me.  I pray God blesses you in the way you have blessed me.

Blinkin Squiggle

Blessyou

Blinkin Squiggle

Happy Bible Studying!

Constance